DIY Birthday Parties: Make Your Own Invitations and Decorations

Personalize a party and save money with these handmade tips

Looking for ways to cut costs and add personality to your child's birthday party? Make your own invitations and decorations.

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    Handmade thank you notes can be more meaningful than store-bought ones, especially when the card maker is a kid. Megan Cooley

    Start good habits at an early age with these ideas for thank you notes your children can make themselves.

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    DIY Fabric-Covered Party Hats

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    Megan Cooley

    Make the party hats for your child's next party truly unique by following the instructions for these fabric-covered hats that are sturdy enough to last for many birthdays to come. 

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    Rain Blanken

    The expert to DIY Fashion created several free party hat designs you can print at home, saving you money on party supplies.

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    Photo by Lisa Rigby for Nonpareil Magazine.

    Throw a posh spa party for a tween or teen using these free recipes and labels for lotions, scrubs, and other do-it-yourself skin-care products.

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    Megan Cooley

    These bold, colorful flowers and pom-poms pack a lot of punch at a party and are inexpensive to make.

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    Free Printable Flower Card for Spring and Summer Invitations

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    Looking for a cheap, easy invitation to match a garden, flower or other summertime party theme? This free printable flower card from Lil' Magoolie would make a cute invite or thank you card. Photo courtesy of Lil' Magoolie.

    This free printable flower card would make a great spring or summer birthday invitation, thank you card, Mother's Day card or May Day note.

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    Wondering what to do with scrap paper and junk mail? Even the inside of security envelopes can look pretty when you make these recycled cards and gift wrap embellishments featured on Design Sponge. Photo by Laura Normandin of Wren Handmande for Design*Sponge.

    Create party invitations and decorations from junk mail, old magazines, envelope liners, and other garbage and submit your own ideas for turning trash into party treasures.

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    How to Make a Scanned Fabric Collage Invitation for a Birthday Party

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    Let's get started! To make this scanned collage invitation, you will need: scrap fabric, cardstock, pencil, pen, glue, scissors, a computer, scanner and a printer. Megan Cooley

    Some fabric scraps, a computer, and a printer are all you need to make a unique invitation that fits your child's birthday theme.

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    Horse Party Invitations, horse birthday, horse party ideas, horse birthday party, cowboy party
    Throwing a cowboy or cowgirl birthday party for your child? Check out this idea for horse party invitations you can make yourself. Megan Cooley

    Looking for templates to make your own invitations and other party supplies? Start here.

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    So your cake decorating skills aren't up to par? No worries. These cute DIY cupcake toppers made from vintage greeting cards are an easy and fun way to make the dessert table at a kids' party more festive. Megan Cooley

    Want to decorate your own cupcakes but skip the frosting mess? Use paper cupcake toppers instead. You can make them from almost anything, including photos of your child, vintage greeting cards, magazine clippings, extra party invitations and images found online.

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    Looking for cupcake birthday cake ideas? Make these alphabet cupcake toppers and you can spell out any message you like. Megan Cooley

    Personalize a birthday or holiday message with these alphabet and letter cupcake toppers. They're easy to make! Just print out the stencils, cut and trace the letters you need, and then attach the letters and numbers to popsicle sticks or toothpicks.

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    Want to give cupcakes a unique look but don't know much about cake decorating? Adorn them with DIY paper cupcake wrappers that fit your party's theme, whether you're celebrating a kid's birthday or a holiday like Valentine's Day. Megan Cooley

    Dress up your cupcakes with these free, printable wrappers that you can customize for any party theme.